“Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back!”

So reads a press release from IFC announcing the return of R.Kelly’s “hip hopera” Trapped In The Closet along with a teaser clip giving us a glimpse at all of the drama that’s to come. In spite of past promises from Kelly that more installments were in the pipeline, this is the first time anything has turned up since the saga’s first 22 chapters in 2005.

The truth is that I’ve never seen Trapped In The Closet and don’t understand what it is.

Back in 2005 I was living in Europe and the series didn’t made its way across the pond until after I’d come back to the states, and by then the fad had passed. When people told me that R. Kelly had a hip-hopera I first wondered why folks won’t accept that the term “hip-hopera” never has and never will catch on. Never. Then I wondered why folks are still allowing R Kelly to do things in our society and, once I realized that the closet thing was literal and not an expression for hidden homosexuality, what on earth the thing was about. But I was late on things and never got the joke.

The press release describes it as the story of “a group of characters interconnected by sexual exploits, little people and a mysterious package,” does that sound right? I have a real question that I’m equal parts embarrassed and proud to have to ask: should I catch up on past installments of Trapped In The Closet and join in on the foolishness? Will you watch the upcoming chapters?

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